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SA lifts moratorium on fracking

2012-09-07 09:58

Cape Town - South Africa has lifted a moratorium on shale gas exploration in the country's semi-arid Karoo region, where the extraction technique of "fracking" might be deployed, minister in the presidency Collins Chabane said on Friday.

"Cabinet endorsed a recommendation of the report on the lifting of the afore-stated moratorium," Chabane told reporters.

The cabinet imposed the moratorium in April of last year.

Environmentalists are opposed to fracking because they say it will harm the environment.

"Earthlife Africa's position is actually quite simple: There is ample scientific evidence to confirm water pollution and the point that the water is at a shallower level than the gas is of indeed more concern both because of the potential break in integrity in the fracking cement lining and from the actual escape of the fracking water," said Muna Lakhani, Cape Town branch co-ordinator for Earthlife Africa.

Others have lobbied for increased and accelerated investment in renewable energy sources.

"We do not need unconventional gas to meet growing energy demand in South Africa, as we have far more immediately viable and sustainable energy development options than shale gas.

"Scenarios for energy supply, both nationally and globally, consistent with strong economic growth, indicate the imperative for not utilising the full extent of fossil fuel reserves already established, but rather prioritising the use of renewable energy resources," said the WWF.

According to an initial study commissioned by the US energy information administration, South Africa has 13.7 trillion cubic metres of technically recoverable shale gas resources, most of which are located in the vast Karoo Basin.

It is estimated that one of the applicants, Royal Dutch Shell, could conservatively spend $200m in exploring for shale gas in the Karoo.

Comments
  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-07 10:00

    Oh frack...

      oageng.lekete.7 - 2012-09-07 10:09

      Two questions in my mind. Will South Africa be the first country to use the fracking option ? If no, how are the countries using fracking avoiding water and environment pollution?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-07 10:11

      Short answers: 1. No 2. They're not

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-07 10:24

      @controversy. Go ask the Americans. They are livid.

      p.borchard - 2012-09-07 10:35

      It would be very interesting to find out how much of the estimated 200 million dollars is going to end up in ANC cadres' pockets..... In another couple of years when it all blows up in our faces, it will be "eish, it was Apartheid's fault".

      phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-09-07 10:36

      Now the fracking fun and games start. I will not support any company that has a hand in this exporation... how much money has changed hands? Or did the Gov place a moratorium, so that they could get their hands in the companies that stand to make trillions from this? It would be nice to see how many of them suddenly appear as board members in these companies....

      duanne.dames - 2012-09-07 10:44

      www.gaslandthemovie.com/

      handy.andy.773 - 2012-09-07 10:46

      It had to come, the bribes must just be too big to say no to.

      greg.meyer.543 - 2012-09-07 11:00

      This is REALLY scary people.. Please lets not let these corporations destroy our water sources.. Water is bloody precious. If you dont know much about fracking,PLEASE educate yourself first!! Seriously people, we cant let them do this!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phCibwj396I

      vicker.man.3 - 2012-09-07 11:12

      Mmmm...took a while for the cheque to clear the bank...

      andynct - 2012-09-07 11:14

      Sanity prevails! The Netherlands uses "fracking" all over the country and 60% of there water is from boreholes. Now SA must get a proper regulatory framework in place and find out if there is even any usable gas in the first place.

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-09-07 11:33

      Sounds like money has changed hands ! The way we do business in SA. I wonder if the ANC investment arm, has shares in this somehow ?

      phillip.newmarch - 2012-09-07 11:36

      @andynct maybe - but they don't have shale-gas. That makes a big difference.

      gustav.kriel.3 - 2012-09-07 12:43

      farking humans... money and power, money and power, money and power!!! Elke hond kry sy dag!

      nick.armstrong.1800 - 2012-09-07 13:13

      Typical of our spineless, SPINELESS government - just like they were 'bought out' by the Chinese in denying the Dalai Lama a visa - so too have the sea-urchins been bought out by Shell... Now the war begins - people BOYCOTT SHELL!!!!! Let these scum know - we, the people of SA - do NOT want these Big Oil vermin polluting our pristine Karoo...... !!!

      alf.pop - 2012-09-07 16:54

      Its time to fire the government! They will do anything to frack up the country, or what is left of it! Wherever fracking is or was used it created problems! It therefore automatically follows, that South Africa has to use it as well! Nobody can be that stupid, unless there is an "INCENTIVE SCHEME" in place to benefit the "honourable" government gang members!

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-09-10 08:40

      If you want to see what fracking has done in the past.. you don't need to watch more than this documentary to see its an absolute rape on natural land and the water table.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phCibwj396I

  • rory.hewitt2 - 2012-09-07 10:03

    Unbelievable!

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-07 10:27

      The parasites will suck this country dry, there is nothing like an African's ability to self destruct.

      tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-09-07 10:58

      Max, it is not just "an African" country issue. They did the same thing in America! Was that just "an American" country thing? It is about greed and it is the same on any continent.

      ingi.raikes - 2012-09-07 12:55

      ...they have done what?????????????????? How dare they!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whose grubby little hands have been greased this time???? A.N.C. AND GOVERNMENT YOU ARE A BLOODY DISGRACE!!! HOW DARE YOU DO THIS TO OUR COUNTRY???????????? WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE???????????? WHAT ABOUT OUR PRECIOUS WATER RESOURCES, OUR FRESH AIR, OUR FUTURE!!! HAVE YOU NOOOOOOOOO SHAME??????????????? ROYAL DUTCH SHELL YOU CAN GO AND JUMP IN THE LAKE, HOW DARE YOU BRIBE THESE TERRIBLE PEOPLE FOR YOUR OWN FINANCIAL GAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STUFF UP YOUR OWN COUNTRY AND ACTUALLY GET STUFFED AT THE SAME TIME!!!!! YOU ARE LIKE THE CHINESE, MONEY SPEAKS WITH THE A.N.C. AND YOU HAVE DANGLED TOO BIG A CARROT FOR THEM NOT TO TAKE IT WITH GLEE!!!! SIS ON ALL OF YOU. VOTE FOR CHANGE, VOTE D.A.!!!

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-07 15:37

      Tony, what Americans do is not my problem....If you don't maintain you sewerage works the sh&t is going to run in the streets and flow in the rivers....cause and effect, a foreign concept to our brothers....if you do fracking in the Karoo you are going to f&&ck up the ground water....you know it is going to be the result but they don't, and that is the African disease of "not knowing that you don't know".

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-09-10 08:42

      Well said QI. For once it makes sense to use caps lock in a post :)

  • gvangreunen - 2012-09-07 10:04

    Once again the ANC government shows their "locust" approach to the resources of this country - rape the earth of it's resources even if they're not immediately required. We can rest assured that some over-weight, uneducated minister is receiving a nice back-handed payment for this decision!

      cathy.dejongh.5 - 2012-09-07 10:28

      "LOCUST APPROACH" Yes. EXACTLY so.

      sedick.gydien - 2012-09-07 10:48

      Well, rape seems to be an acceptable past-time in South Africa....

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2012-09-07 10:10

    This rotten anc led goverment will sell this country to the highest bidder .

      Essy1945 - 2012-09-07 10:20

      ... and one of them is China!!!

  • sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-09-07 10:13

    This is not about fracking, its about who can make some money through corruption and bribes.

      leon.scheepers.58 - 2012-09-07 10:35

      Unfortunately Sharon, ......you are right.

  • vloftie - 2012-09-07 10:14

    I wonder what the "back-hand" cost was???

  • theo.joubert.37 - 2012-09-07 10:17

    They are already very successful in destroying SA public service, service delivery, infrastructure to name but a few. Now they are setting their target on our environment. Will they not stop until everything in SA is totally destroyed?

      Essy1945 - 2012-09-07 10:22

      ... and they'll succeed at destroying it too!

  • cathy.raats - 2012-09-07 10:17

    Nice one minister thought we were short of water in South Africa fracking uses millions of litres of water. Explain if you will can this be recycled. Not that I would wish to drink previously poisoned water!

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-09-10 08:43

      You can't use it.. its unusable.. you can of course use it to light your gas lamps.

  • anthony.okelly.98 - 2012-09-07 10:19

    Money (greed) always wins.

  • kyle.mclaren1 - 2012-09-07 10:30

    Of course. How predictable... There must be some major kickbacks going on between Shell and the ANC. Wish I was a fly on the wall...

  • TBlaar - 2012-09-07 10:31

    Don't these people watch Isidingo!!!!!! :D

  • Lang Henning - 2012-09-07 10:33

    Lord help us.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-07 10:33

    Goodbye Karoo, we will remember you as you were before Shell had the opportunity of messing you up.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-07 10:34

    Mmm, do I smell Chinese money or is that the waft of insufficient-funds-to-keep-cadres-employed-and-thus-voting-for-me?

  • JournoSergio - 2012-09-07 10:36

    The Karoo is one of the most ecologically diverse and beautiful places in the world. Our corrupt politicians and the fracking companies must seriously get lost. Was having a great day until I read this article... Goodbye Karoo, Hello toxic chemicals and destruction...

  • Aphrodite - 2012-09-07 10:37

    This government will do anything for money. Goodbye beautiful Karoo. (Wipes tears)

  • Johnny - 2012-09-07 10:37

    Does the Cabinet know what they are doing ?? do not think so. Are any of them knowledgable or specialists in fracking and do they know what it's about ?? Think they did this to see what back-hands they will get from Shell ???

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-09-07 10:38

    we are fracked by cANCer.

  • nj.zyl - 2012-09-07 10:39

    Jy kan met jou ma gaan speel vir R200mil. Frackoff!

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-09-07 10:40

    Everyone should boycott (S)Hell.

  • justin.frittelli - 2012-09-07 10:41

    Difficult decision but the correct decision by government. Clearly fracking posses risks, as we experience all over our country on a daily basis in our vast mining activities that are all ready in existence. But the potential impact on the employment crisis, and the benefits to the economy, as much as 3% additional GDP in the early stages of the mining and much more beyond that, are benefits that South Africa does not have the luxury of turning down. If anyone was listening to President Obama last night at the DNC he committed America to reduce it's dependency on oil by 50% by 2020 through a variety of measures, with the key activity of shale gas fracking. I very much doubt one of the world most smartest leaders would be advocating an industry that would destroy the world most successful and largest democracy. South africa potentially sits on the worlds fifth largest Gas find, this is equivalent to finding vast quantities of oil, i.e black gold, we should be celebrating our good fortune!

      harald.voney - 2012-09-07 10:49

      "Growth" at the expense of our environment is not growth... ask the Chinese! they have learnt the hard way... and now its too late. Their rivers, air, ground are all poluted, and unrecoverable. There is no debate if fracking does or doesn't polute, it does!! And the Karoo relys heavily on its ground water for irrigation and for its animals. Frack off SHELL!!

      handy.andy.773 - 2012-09-07 10:52

      Justin, you asume that the money will actually reach the tax payer. It wont, same as the gas in Nigeria, the fishing rights in Namibia, the oil in Angola etc. 5 years from now you will have karoo towns full of multi nationals, dont think for one second the people of the karoo will benefit. There is enought money in this country to solve our problems, the problem is the lack of political will and ability(!) to fix issues.

      bwdutoit - 2012-09-07 10:57

      I think, Justin, that the concern, apart from the ecological concerns, is what the real economic implication will be for South Africans. Will the extraction of this gas be to the benefit of the people? Will fuel prices go down, will the cost of electricity once again become considerate to the means of the middle income class who still solely carries the rest of the country? I am opposed to this process, because all I see is very real ecological risk and long term impact on a valuable, bio-diverse region. Furthermore, it seems that once again we are by-passing the internal supply-chain opportunity by offering our raw resources for sale to foreigners. And lastly, let's not be naive and not see the farce by the Government first imposing the moratorium to gain financially from the lifting of same moratorium. I do not think that this monetary reward will be offered to the people of South Africa... Sadly, looking at the above there is not much to be excited about, or grateful for.

      phillip.newmarch - 2012-09-07 11:10

      Unfortunately, the 'benefits' mentioned are all just pie in the sky. It may be that the USA was able to make some extra money out of spare oil/gas expertise etc in the short term, and it all looks pretty spectacular. But take a closer look. The bottom has dropped out of the market, and people are going bust already. and there are still lots of bills to come which will have to be paid somehow. I agree with you about Obama - if he doesn't get re-elected we're all sc***ed, but he's made a mistake supporting this. The size of SA's gas find is only part of it - what counts is how much it will cost to get it out of the ground. Even ignoring 'environmental damage (which could be very great), the straight cash costs here are likely to be many times higher than in the USA, and we could end up with gas that costs twice or three times the going rate. Somebody will get rich - other bodies will get poor!

      celeste.hayes.56 - 2012-09-07 11:40

      Oh my gosh it people like you that are so stupid and worry so much about money and black gold etc etc and when the land has been raped and there's no water no fresh air and no plants no life left then where are we going. Mother Nature is already fighting back harder than ever with all the weather patterns changing and people being wiped out by tsunami's earthquakes cyclones etc and yet we still just carry on for our own greedy needs and you think that's fine - how pathetic. The human race needs to be taken off earth as soon as possible to be able to save her from idiots like you.!!!!!!!!!!!

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-09-07 12:14

      http://www.karoospace.co.za/karoo-space-magazine/talking-point/100-fracking-the-karoo-the-people-say-no

      Aphrodite - 2012-09-07 12:14

      What a short sighted comment...hope your grand kids give you a good bollocking one day!!!

      Lang Henning - 2012-09-07 12:16

      Oh come on, Obama smart? He's a puppet, just like other US presidents before him, so please don't tell me that because he fracks, we should all frack. Black gold = black death.

      jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-09-07 12:50

      Google Obama and you will see that he is the worlds most dangerous leader. He is doing this as a populist to get a second term in office. He is destroying moral and all sorts of respctable values just for his own bennifits.

      anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-07 15:35

      Gas coal and oil is OLD technology. It's purely about the $$$

  • duanne.dames - 2012-09-07 10:43

    Over the last 7 years the Gas boom has transformed America's energy economy. Their oil exports are at an all-time low, methane burns more cleanly than most fossil fuels (even though when it leaks from the infrastructure it causes much more damage than CO2), and estimated supplies should last a couple of centuries. It is the energy of the future. But what at what cost? High demand and easy fortunes don't go hand-in-hand with environmental responsibility. Perhaps the shale gas trapped beneath the Karoo can help SA's economy, but can we really afford to drill more responsibly than our American counterparts? Who will truly benefit: the effected communities? The people of South Africa? Do we have the intellectual capital and maturity to do it properly and safely? I doubt it. But regardless, whether it's now or 30 years from now, the unfortunate fact is this WILL happen.

      andrew.j.redman.9 - 2012-09-07 15:32

      Absolutely agree duanne... agree that money will rule and this WILL HAPPEN. this reserve is HUGE (475 tcf) - 4th biggest reserve in the world - bigger than the USA! if one looks at what it's done for the USA (massive reduction in greenhouse gas emmissions, massive boost to the economy etc) we cannot ignore it! So here is the real question ---- do we want this to be exploited by international oil companies that are answerable to the international media and subject to international law? or would we rather have the chinese come in here and do it with no regard for our environment, our economy or our laws?

      honker.tonker - 2012-09-07 19:08

      South Africa is one of the most water-scarce countries in Africa. Playing with fire will get one burnt. I guess that is what awaits this foolish government... not that they cared for the plight of their people in the first place.

      phillip.newmarch - 2012-09-08 21:49

      One needs to remember that the USA has had a major oil/gas industry for 100 years - we haven't. Mining shale-gas helps them because otherwise that industry would run down. They already have the capacity. That's why they can do it 'cheaply'. And Andrew, you are wrong about 'bigger than the USA'. In fact 485 Tcf is nearly the same as the estimate for the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania only - not the whole USA. Further, the Marcellus field is half the area of the Karoo, so the gas far more concentrated. It's a bit like if Joburg's gold was spread in tiny fragments all over the country - we'd have to dig up the whole place.

  • natasja.ware - 2012-09-07 10:45

    Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG), headed up by Jonathan Deal, has been the only formal opposition and has been fighting this cause on behalf of the masses. They are in desperate need for donations to pay for legal fees, to take on Shell and the Government (who has shares in Shell) to stop fracking coming to South Africa. Please check out their website: http://treasurethekaroo.co.za/

      celeste.hayes.56 - 2012-09-07 11:44

      Will definitely be donating even if as a disability pensioner it's only R50 a month but will certainly be joining the cause and helping in any way I can. Thanx for there web address Natasja. Mwah!!

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-09-07 10:46

    Now we gonna see OUR FRACKING A$$...THIS goverment just wants more more more

  • mark.halbert - 2012-09-07 10:48

    this is very sad news because fracking will turn the Karoo into a desert

  • YuccaN - 2012-09-07 10:51

    "I am so upset at this" say the farmers who drive more than 1 car and inherited land that was unfenced, belonging to the Khoi who were once denied water too. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CCYQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fpatachu.com%2Fcape-colony-khoi-dutch-wars%2F&ei=fbVJUM93z9HhBKilgNAC&usg=AFQjCNGXmOZzZRbF_GI_5MTeDaunLHVThg&sig2=IvUn92eFNb4IXYC7Ux24Tg

      niccih - 2012-09-07 11:08

      mmm... not really understanding the relevance of your comment? Should the "farmers" who's forefathers "stole" the land from the Khoi just keep silent? Should they be happy that the environment be damaged for ALL South Africans, including the Khoi? What benefit does this hold for the Khoi? I'm sorry if I sound sarcastic, this is really not the intention. I really just want to understand your comment.

      YuccaN - 2012-09-07 11:29

      @niccih Well we all contribute to the need for fossil fuel, so we can't really complain. The farmers however have a different complaint about their drinking water and farm land under hypocrisy. I went to school with the Sterns and farmers who have the biggest voices against this and I can't say I will vouch for them as the most honest people.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-07 12:40

      GreyRibbonIdiot, you are a first class hypocrite. You live in Norway, but support fracking in South Africa? Why don't you tell everybody here that, while Norway has some of the world's largest shale gas reserves, they refuse to do fracking in Norway? And that Norwegian companies are world leaders in fracking in OTHER countries, including the USA, and now planned in South Africa as a JV with Sasol? Working for StatOil, are you?

  • paul.gray.773981 - 2012-09-07 10:53

    Remember that it is PASA who has offered up this massive slice of SA for exploitation. They are NOT interested in alternative energy, only money. Gas and coal are not sustainable... When 'shale' gas (and coal, become more important than food I guess those that have it, can eat money. Long term vision is something that does not exist with this government.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-09-07 10:53

    Alas a poor decision. The damage hereafter will surpass the bribery by......; cannot calculate the damage,it's .....; beyond calculation.

  • sean.keys1 - 2012-09-07 10:54

    We knew our corrupt government would only be after the money, at any cost, i mean, we knew that, we had better pull up our socks and actively start to resist this if we wish to protect the Karoo.

  • tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-09-07 10:55

    Interesting that the initial study was done by the US Energy Information Administration. Makes you think..... Selling out the future of the country so many people fought for over decades.This is certainly the time for citizen activism.Where do I donate?

      mariette.brand - 2012-09-07 12:11

      Donate toward saving the Karoo from fracking at http://www.treasurethekaroo.co.za

      iceberg.standard - 2012-09-07 12:29

      And don't support any Shell outlets.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-09-07 10:55

    People of South Africa, boycott the products of the company involved in this venture.

  • megan.choi.526 - 2012-09-07 10:56

    No way in Hell!

  • Wouter - 2012-09-07 10:57

    This is sofa king wrong!!! Who got bribed?

  • nellis.lagrange - 2012-09-07 11:01

    So our infrastructure is falling apart all over, the best they can do to screw us even further is to poison our drinking water, I pray to God to send all the Karoo snakes upon them

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-09-07 11:03

    Environment 0, ANC Gov 1

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-07 12:42

      Close. Environment 0, ANC Gov officials $100,000,000

  • andynct - 2012-09-07 11:06

    Sanity prevails! The Netherlands uses fracking all over the country and 60% of their water is from boreholes. Now SA must get a proper regulatory framework in place!

      Essy1945 - 2012-09-07 11:24

      ... and that will be like snow falling in hell! They can't even enforce law or run the country, towns, municipalities or education etc. etc. NOW so how on earth (excuse the pun) do you ever think they would enforce ANY proper regulatory framework...

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-09-07 12:18

      You live in SA? Just wondering.

  • eddie.beavis - 2012-09-07 11:14

    We need to try and become more self sufficient in fuels, we are hurting every time the oil price fluctuates, I,m sure the fracking will be done responsibly, ther are too many people watching them for it to be otherwise! as an aside, anyone who has ever lived or worked in the Karoo knows the water tastes like crap and might be improved with the fracking!!

      mariette.brand - 2012-09-07 12:15

      How can you expect responsibility from a bunch of money chasing looters? Karoo water tasting like crap can be improved with fracking???? You must be joking! Who are you trying to fool? Yourself?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-07 13:11

      You that Beavis from Beavis and Butthead?

      tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-09-07 14:47

      Funny you say that. The gas price is linked to the oil price.No benefit there.

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-09-10 08:57

      The last person going to benefit from this is the consumer. Any savings we might make on energy from this will be masked as an increased tax.

  • raeesyumna.coenraad - 2012-09-07 11:17

    frack se 'ma se .....'

  • justin.frittelli - 2012-09-07 11:17

    Let's try get out of our anti government mentality, we all agree that the ANC scores poorly on most reasonable peoples scorecards, but this is not about the ANC, we have become self defeating and as a people are our own worst enemies, you sound like the lot who all told us World Cup 2010 would be a disaster, well like that event history will hopefully proof you wrong! Try have a positive attitude on something for once in your lives!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-09-07 11:42

      A business's success gets judge on its profits. Even if the world cup was a lovely "show", we all enjoy it and all went well the input was so high that when dividing it through the income you will realize that all South Africans could have had season tickets for years with the money lost. Even given the "positiveness" for SA 10 x more value it is still a massive lost. Bad example. The fact that we can cheer for a 1,7 billion initial investment, but we do not cry for a 30 billion missing a year shows how screwed our way of thinking is. Ignoring 30 billion, but embracing 1,7 billion tells me there are something funny going on. You cant get "commission" from lost/missing money, but you can from new monies.

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-09-10 09:03

      Justin the World Cup's negative impact on our economy has already outweighed any positive impact it had.. so essentially for our economy the world cup was not a good choice. Fracking has been proven through many documentaries to be damaging to the environment. Go and watch Gasland (free documentary on YouTube) and make up your own mind. Sure it's great to be positive about things, but you have to be realistic too.

  • raeesyumna.coenraad - 2012-09-07 11:18

    frack se ' ma se ........'

  • sean.tearnan - 2012-09-07 11:28

    Money allways wins. A compromise would have been best for both parties. Now fracking has upper hand and enviro's are outta the pic.

  • herbert.plessis - 2012-09-07 11:42

    What comrade is going to get the contract to "monitor", "administer" the contract, be the sole exorbitantly priced "Health and Safety auditor", be the sole BEE compliant equipment supplier?

  • Sonnyjakes - 2012-09-07 11:48

    Eish the comrades are going to collect "maningi". http://www.karoospace.co.za/karoo-space-magazine/talking-point/100-fracking-the-karoo-the-people-say-no

  • DerpyHooves - 2012-09-07 11:56

    I don't understand South Africans, they complain that the electricity and petrol prices are too high, yet when a solution (more like a miracle) presents itself, now we must ignore it? It's easy to say 'no' to drilling in the deep sea or the artic or any other Eco sensitive place, but the fact remains that these things happen because YOU drive a car, YOU use electricity. As for the classic 'OmG ze cANCer r going 2 steal manie' is really getting old, I don't like the ANC, but I don't think halting progress is going help with the corruption problem. Think with your minds and not your hearts. See this from an utilitarian viewpoint.

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-09-07 12:16

      Read http://www.karoospace.co.za/karoo-space-magazine/talking-point/100-fracking-the-karoo-the-people-say-no See who will benefit then you comment. Most of this money will grease palms nothing else.

      dewalds3 - 2012-09-07 12:32

      Yes, sure - like the diamonds and the gold has solved the common South African's problems. Has It?

      DerpyHooves - 2012-09-07 13:04

      @dewalds Seeing that mining contributed 21% to the GDP in the 1970s (currently 7%), I'll say "yes", gold and diamonds contributed to the economy and ergo lessened the problems facing South Africa.

      tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-09-07 14:53

      Progress is renewable energy. There will be no change to the cost of energy except an increase. Sasol fuel is linked to the oil price and so is gas. You are dreaming if you think this will bring down the cost of fuel or gas for anyone.

      tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-09-07 14:58

      Have you read up about the problems faced with acid mine drainage? Who is taking responsibility? Who is paying for the clean up? Any mine owner? Never!Have you seen the problems caused by coal mining, underground fires and water pollution? Have you seen anyone taking responsibility? Only fools keep on doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Expecting mine owners or oil companies to take responsibility has never. worked.

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-09-10 09:05

      DerpyHooves the only people who will benefit from this will be Shell and the ANC corruption machine. Sure a few jobs will be created but that's where it will end.. we'll be left with a sparse, raped Karoo wasteland when all the reserves have been taken and the dust left by the trucks when they are gone.

  • chris.steytler.1 - 2012-09-07 11:57

    The only water the Karoo has is underground, Goodbye Karoo.

  • ronel.strauss.12 - 2012-09-07 12:00

    Stop supporting Shell!! This is when greed exceeds survival..what a shame...what a bloody shame...I hope they will find NOTHING in the karoo but the beatiful silence and peaceful sunsets they would never appreciate because they are a bunch of shallow hipocrits,I hope they will drown in their money and I hope that they might never be ever happy with their stuffed bank accounts, may only evil accompany them...for the rest of their lives and may the effects and forces of fracking be with them for ever..

  • joy.skene - 2012-09-07 12:01

    Boycott Shell with a vengence, they don't give a Tinker's Toss for the environment or the local population, just take a look at their destruction in Nigeria!! The acid water problem in Gauteng should be enough of a warning that our water resources cannot be compromised!

  • Vho-law Mindfull - 2012-09-07 12:11

    Clinton sounds like a Royal Dutch shell executive

      tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-09-07 15:03

      Clinton, I do know about the coal bed drilling. They also said there will be no environmental impact. So did BP in the Gulf etc etc. As we speak: http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/nigerians-seek-action-after-oil-spills-1.1375164#.UEnwLkTeRsM One of many!

  • iceberg.standard - 2012-09-07 12:15

    Another arms deal situation. The ANC government is only seeing dollars and money in their pockets. This has nothing to do with finding alternatives.

  • dewald.scholtz.73 - 2012-09-07 12:23

    We are just so FRACKED! Another SAD decision in a country gone SAD..